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DOJ preps for big jump in DNA testing

James Andreas, forensic supervisor in the DNA unit at the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory in Madison, Wis., checks the blueprints for additional lab space to accommodate nearly 20 new analysts and techs. The new workers will handle thousands of incoming samples next year when a new state law requiring police to obtain DNA upon arrest for a violent felony and upon all misdemeanor convictions (AP Photo/Todd Richmond)

The state Department of Justice has hired nearly twenty more workers and begun a pricey renovation of its Madison crime lab so that it will be able to handle tens of thousands of additional DNA samples when new collection requirements take effect next year.

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‘Vaccine court’ keeps claimants waiting

U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington. The building houses a special vaccine court, which Congress established to speed help to vaccine-injured Americans. Instead, the system has heaped additional suffering on thousands of families, The Associated Press has found. Cases are supposed to be resolved within 240 days, with options for another 150 days of extensions. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

All but broken by her son's violent and unexplained seizures, by so many panicked trips from the crib to the emergency room, Jeffrey McCord's mom thought her desperate search for both answers and help was finally over. It wasn't.

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